We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at guard Chris Barker.
Previous Roster Breakdowns: Chad Bumphis Marcus Thigpen Aaron Corp Jonathan Freeny Jordan Kovacs Dion Jordan Chris Burnette Josh Samuda Brian Thomas Keelan Johnson Jeff Fuller Jamar Taylor Michael Egnew Vaughn Martin Michael Clay
Barker redshirted his freshman year at Nevada, but then went on to not miss a game over the next four seasons (53 starts). He's an extremely versatile lineman, playing both right and left guard, often alternating from one play to the next, depending on the play call. He finished his career at Nevada by being named second team All-Mountain West.
Wt: 305 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.10 seconds(4th at position in 2012 Draft; 11th overall)
20-yard shuttle: 4.68 second (4th at position in 2012 Draft; 11th overall)
3-cone drill: 7.90seconds
225-pound bench: 29 reps (1st at position in 2012 Draft)
Broad jump: 8' 3"
Arm length: 33"
Why he could improve in 2013:
Barker is another young, raw talent the Dolphins are giving a chance to prove they can make it at the NFL level, and are worthy of sticking around for another year. He has good footwork and is athletic, fitting a zone blocking scheme well. He pulls well, and, with the flexibility to play on either side of the line, he could have a good solid year as a reserve lineman for the Dolphins.
Why he could regress in 2013:
He has to work on drive blocking, and not giving up on his blocks too early. He is young, and may not be ready to play at the NFL level.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
Barker's future with the Dolphins will be determined in the preseason. While everyone is focused on how well the starting offensive line plays, and all of the adjustments Miami is making to that offensive line over the past week, Barker will be looking to prove he can be of value as a reserve. His ability to play both guard positions could pique the coaching staff's interest. If he does not make the 53-man roster, he should be a consideration for the practice squad.